Mar 10, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (39) after the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Reds' Devin Mesoraco climbs into Top 5 in catcher rankings

Apr 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (right) is greeted by first base coach Billy Hatcher (22) after breaking up a double play against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inningat Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Entering Week 4 of the major League Baseball season, fantasy baseball owners have found some troubles getting consistent production from the catcher position.

That’s nothing strange as it happens every year, however there have been a couple guys lighting things up as of late.

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is off to a great start, hitting .338 with three homers and 10 RBI and has been rewarded with the top spot in my recent catcher rankings.

But a pair of other guys are worth noting in Baltimore’s Matt Wieters (.321/3/11) and Cincinnati’s Devin Mesoraco (.515/3/11) as both are off to great starts to the season and both are now ranked among my top five backstops.

Mesoraco is worth noting for the simple fact that he is tearing the cover off the ball since returning from injury and leads all catchers in batting average and is second in both homers and RBI despite having only 33 at bats on the season.

I really liked Mesoraco coming into the season and had him as my top sleeper among catchers coming into the season and if you followed my advice then you are reaping in the rewards.

His hot start is something that can and likely will continue although he won’t be hitting .500 this season. However I would recommend picking him up as he is still available in over half of ESPN Leagues.

Rankings are not only based on numbers, but projections as well, which is why Cleveland’s Carlos Santana stays in the Top 10 for now, despite hitting a paltry .145 with only a homer and three RBI on the season. You have to think that will pick up soon.

Other catchers worth noting who have seen a big jump since spring training are Seattle’s Mike Zunino (.283/3/9) and Chicago’s Tyler Flowers (.389/1/6).

The biggest drop is that of New York’s Travis d’Arnaud, whose .167/1/3 start to the season has seen him drop out of the Top 25.

The injured Wilson Ramos stays in the Top 25 for now, despite only having three at bats on the season, which goes to show how thin the position really is.

Here’s a look at my current Top 25 catchers.


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